With temperatures predicted to be closer to 50 degrees than zero next weekend and early voting having begun, people in precincts where Republican Committeemen actually go door-to-door might find someone knocking on their doors next weekend.
Candidates taped their signs to the windows. There’s even one for Algonquin Township Precinct Committeeman candidate John Bobbytzke of Cary.
This past weekend, they were picking up candidate pamphlets at the new headquarters right next to Joseph’s Market in the Crystal Lake Plaza.
As I entered shortly after eleven on Saturday, here’s what was happening. GOP Central Committee Diane Evertsen (front left–the only time that word will be used to describe her) presumably had the key. She is talking with Judicial candidate Demetri Tsilimigras
Sitting around the table at the front were Demetri Tsilimigras, running for Circuit Court Judge, Recorder of Deeds candidate Tina Hill and Nunda Township Republican Central Committee Chairman Mike Shorten.
Checking off the precincts for which literature was collected was Recorder of Deeds Candidate Tina Hill. Chatting with her were Demetri Tsilimigras and Mike Shorten.
State Senate candidate Casey Urlacher came with supporters and literature.
State Senate Casey Urlacher is seen with supporter David Miller, Precinct Committeeman in Algonquin Township Precinct 17.
Here’s a view from the two-thirds back in the room.
About two-thirds back in the room you can see Judge James Cowlin on the left and his opponent Demetri Tsilimigras on the right. State Rep. candidate Dan Wilbrandt can be seen near the chairs.
A number of the Committeemen didn’t leave immediately after getting their campaign materials.
McHenry County Board candidate Tom Wilbeck, Rand Ford candidate Michael Symk and McHenry County College board member chatted.
Congressman Peter Roskam’s opponent, Dr. Jay Kinzler brought more literature.
Dr. Jay Kinzler brought more literature for his 6th congressional district challenge to Peter Roskam.
The folks tended to group with those they were supporting.
In this photo can be seen County GOP Treasurer Chuck Wheeler (in the Blackhawks jersey), McHenry Alderman Andy Glab (the tall one), McHenry Township GOP Chairman Steve Rooney (striding toward the window) and McHenry County Board member and candidate for Recorder of Deeds Tina Hill (on the phone).
Another group consisting of McHenry County State’s Attorney candidate Patrick Kenneally, McHenry County Board and County GOP Vice Chairman Andrew Gasser and Wonder Lake Committeeman Rachel Smith were talking.
Patrick Kenneally, Andrew Gasser and Rachel Smith chatted.
Marengo Library District Board member and Precinct Committeeman Cynthia Allen Schenk was being courted by three candidates: Patrick Kenneally,
From left to right, Judicial candidate Demetri Tsilimigras, Committeeman Cynthia Allen Schenk, State Rep. candidate Dan Wilbrandt and State’s Attorney candidate Patrick Kenneally.
Schenk gathered signs for Ersel Schuster and Kelly Liebmann.
More conversation among Republican activists. From left to right, Recorder of Deeds candidate Joe Tirio, Judicial candidate Demetri Tsilimigras, Marengo Township Committeeman Cynthia Allen Schenk and State Rep. candidate Dan Wilbrandt.
The room was cool, so a couple of those who stayed a long time warmed their hands over a heater.
Warming hands over a space heater were County Board Chairman Mike Walkup and Judicial candidate Demetri Tsilimigras. On the left is McHenry Township GOP Chairman Steve Rooney, Judge James Cowlin can be seen behind Walkup with his daughter, who stayed the whole time.